Beverly Howe to 'Rev-Up' and Chair Bikers for Babies

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Beverly Howe to 'Rev-Up' and Chair Bikers for Babies

LA PLATA - 8/4/2008

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The March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter is pleased to announce that Beverly Howe of Bel Alton will serve as chair for Bikers for Babies in southern Maryland.  

“I’m proud to be part of a national movement to ensure that every baby has a healthy start in life,” Howe said.  Born and raised in Charles County, Mrs. Howe and her husband of 26 years, Allen, have four children.  She has owned and operated Apehangers Bar & Grill in Bel Alton where she is affectionately known as “Mama.”

“The involvement of high-profile local leaders across the nation is a key element in our goal of helping more babies come into the world healthy,” said Jennifer Abell, senior community director for the March of Dimes in southern Maryland. “We are fortunate to have someone so committed to our cause.”

Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including 9,932 in Maryland.  Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities.  More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for all babies.

In southern Maryland, March for Babies will take place at Maryland International Raceway on October 12 with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the ride starting at 2 p.m.  Individual riders as well as members of clubs can join to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.  Participants will ride the open road, covering 45 miles starting at Maryland International Raceway and ending at Apehangers Bar & Grill for an After-Ride Party.  The party will include a free bull roast and music by 4Cire and The Craze.  If you're interested in participating but can't ride, meet the riders at Apehangers to attend the party (a $20 donation to the March of Dimes will be taken at the door) or contact the local March of Dimes and ask about the many volunteer opportunities available.  All motorcycles are welcome, rain or shine!  

“It’s easy to join me,” said Howe. “Just visit www.bikersforbabies.org  , stop by Apehangers for a sponsor envelope or by contacting Jennifer Abell at the local March of Dimes (301) 934-2235.”

Millions of babies have been saved from death or disability thanks to advances made by March of Dimes-funded scientists. But too many babies are still born prematurely or with birth defects. Every year, thousands of compassionate motorcyclists across the country show they care by taking part in Bikers for Babies, sponsored nationally by Farmers Insurance Group.

Apehangers Bar & Grill, Maryland International Raceway, GP Homes and Technical Solutions provide local sponsorship and leadership.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.



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